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Nov 22, 2012 8:00am EST
texas book festival in austin, texas, a discussion of president lyndon johnson and first lady ladybird johnson. this is just over 50 minutes. >> hi, and welcome to the texas book festival.d my name is carol dawson, and iw love being a moderator every year at the texas book festival, and i particularly love this task this year. task this year i have had the privilege of reading two books that interlock so beautifully that it provided one hold 360-degree experience in reading them. before we begin, and i introduce our authors, i want to remind you all that all proceeds of book sales at the texas book festival goats the libraries of this great state. so, please avail yourself of the book tent and after a recession is over the book signing tents where you can get both of the signatures of these two wonderful gentleman on the front pieces of your books. now, our panel today, as you know, is about ladybird johnson, an oral history, and it involves a total of 18 years' worth of interviews with ladybird johnson . and indomitable will come lbj in the presidency, the interesting thing about thes
Nov 4, 2012 8:00am EST
commenting about lyndon b. johnson. michael gillett who assembled ladybird sorrell history directed the lbj library oral history program from 1976-1991. he later served as director of the center for legislative archives at the national archives and is currently the executive director of humanities texas in austin. he is the author of launching the war on poverty, an oral history. to my right mark of the growth is the current director of the lyndon baines johnson presidential library and museum in austin, texas. a post he assumed in october of 2009. an award winning author and presidential historian, he has written three books relating to the american presidency, indomitable will lbj in the presidency was published by crown in march of 2012. baptism by fire, a presidency took office in times of crisis in 2009 and second act, presidential lives and legacies after the white house. he spent much of his career at time magazine, first as president of time canada and toronto and then as los angeles manager. he has also been a publisher of newsweek magazine and the vice-president of sales, marketin
Nov 4, 2012 3:00pm EST
johnson was an amateur when he inherited the presidency after the asass anyway i think of lyndon johnson, who could not give a good speech, really, who did not speak well with the teleprompter, who understand how to manipulate the levers of power in washington. he understood human nature, understood the strength and weaknesses of the people in congress and how to play on those weaknesses and strengths. obama doesn't have that skill set to use human nature as a way of getting done what he wants to get done in washington. >> host: holm books have you written? >> guest: i think this is my 11th book. three novels and eight nonfiction. >> host: what do you say to critics of your books? >> guest: what do the critics say. >> host: the accuracy of the stories you tell, et cetera. >> guest: well, the fact of the matter is, as far as i know, there hasn't been a single fact in this book that's been challenged in a kind of credible way. people have said, oh, klein makes things up. that's what kids in the schoolyard -- they call each other names. i've been called all kinds of names. but in fact when
Nov 7, 2012 11:00pm PST
. she is a distinguished presidential historian. she has written biographies about lyndon johnson, franklin roosevelt and abraham lincoln. i am pleased to have her here on this program. welcome. >> thank you! >> rose: good to see you. >> it's good to be here. >> rose: so we reelected a president last night. you have written about presidents. what should we think about? what's the context for looking at the second term? >> i think the most important thing is there will be some sort of a mandate, not the country at large in general butor obamacare to continue and the dodd-frank probably not to be undone. but other than that, what we have to look for is him to build a mandate with a relationship with the people. and the most important thing is to learn from what he acknowledges he didn't do a well in his first term. that's when a president can make a second term work. >> rose: i want to show you this clip from a conversation the president had with me some six or eight months ago. here it is. we have a friend named doris kearns goodwin. i asked her what would lincoln do. in many conve
Nov 18, 2012 11:15pm EST
one candidate dominated the political theme. lyndon johnson nearly beat barry goldwater and richard nixon overwhelming george mcgovern. in each of those elections on of the candidates failed to capture the spirit of the american voting public and the winner had the advantage of the weak opponent. franklin roosevelt won the second term landslide because of his huge popularity. however in many more presidential elections, the candidates are in a battle to present themselves as of one that is capable of serving the country with the winner walking off with a modest majority. in the work of the campaign between the incumbent president and his opponent would be either a referendum on the first term of the president or eighth judgment which candidates would be a better leader. is there a difference between the two considerations? the sinnott baliles giunta judging the leadership skills of the incumbent based on the effectiveness during the first term? this is the unknown and leadership skills of the challenger. it's easy to point to the national security or the economic consequential than
Nov 23, 2012 1:15am EST
harry truman to barack obama with the exception of lyndon johnson, who tried, but failed to meet her. i remember being impressed when an official told me at the memorial service at st. paul's cathedral, after the 9/11 attacks, the queen sang every single word of the american national anthem. and i would bet that there aren't any presidents who can sing all of the words to god save the queen. since we are here today, on the national mall, i thought i would focus on the queen's fondness works for this country, those little known and well known, and in so doing, illuminate the queen to help understand her better. it was most often played out in state visits here when it was written. one was the first came to washington in 1951, she was a 25-year-old princess, only months away from becoming queen. harry truman was completely smitten, announcing that when everyone becomes acquainted with you, they immediately followed that with you. like those who followed him, truman was surprised that elizabeth was so much more approachable than she seemed in her public image. dwight eisenhower had known p
Nov 4, 2012 7:00am PST
's put together coalitions the way lyndon johnson could when he had really four parties, southern democrats, northern democrats, liberal republicans, conservative republicans and you could put together the coalitions. that's what's served the country well is the ability to put toektd coalitions. >> is it fair to they, yes, johnson was able to wheel and deal massively, but he did have democratic majorities in both the house and the senate? >> yeah, but that was -- i mean every president has different leadership styles. obviously we've all read robert kara's fourth vacuum now and the ability of lyndon johnson just to keep pulling people together and telling people, everett dirksen, because you did need some republican support when you were going up against richard russ whole was your democratic senator from the south to say to dirksen, i need your help on the bill and finally dirksen releapts and then you say, but i need you to co-sponsor the bill and your name is going to come first and, you know, just doing that was a leadership style that johnson had, but john kennedy did not hav
Nov 22, 2012 10:15pm EST
volume in his massive history, biography of lyndon johnson. janet reed's biography leonard cohen, all these people at the book festival among others. david maraniss is here with a book about obama. i was curious because all these books are so different in terms of authors's approaches to subject matter, with the subject is dead or alive, what kind of access the biographer has to be subject to. i am curious, do you have a philosophy having written many biographies of what exactly a biography should be and what it should do? >> thanks for the question and for all of you coming out. sunday morning is sometimes a chore. i am gratified so many of you are here. the question of biography and what i see it to be. i am trained as a historian so i tend to look at biographies which, regardless of how they are written to some extent all comprise the life and times of your subject. i tend to include more times than some other biographers do. in my experience and observation, biographers come to their subjects from one of two directions. they are either historians like me or journalists. sometimes
Nov 24, 2012 8:00am EST
when one candidate dominated the political scene. lyndon johnson readily beat barry goldwater and richard nixon, overwhelming george mcgovern. each of those elections, one of the candidates failed to capture the spirit of the american voting public and the winner had the advantage of a weak opponent. franklin roosevelt won his second term landslide because of his huge popularity. however, in many more presidential elections, the candidates are in a pitted battle to present themselves as the one best capable of serving the country, with the winner walking off with a modest majority. there is customary wisdom, a campaign between the incumbent president and his opponent will be either a referendum on the first term of the president or a judgment of which candidate will be the better leader. is there really a difference between these two considerations? does it not boil down to judging the leadership skill of the incumbent based on his effectiveness during his first term versus the unknown leadership skills of the challenger? it is easy to point to the national security or economi
Nov 10, 2012 10:10pm EST
greatly. in the civil rights act, lyndon johnson needed 110 republicans to pass the civil-rights act. he was opposed vehemently by the democratic party and you failed to mention that. you are being extremely selective. as far as california legislature, willie brown gender -- gerrymandered us with democrats controlling. are broken overspent and overtaxed. our senators are not helping us. guest: i actually don't think i am being that selected. lyndon johnson on the civil rights act, had great support from the northern democrats and the western democrats. was able to overcome the southern democrats opposition with the help of the republican party. i said that about everett dirksen so i am not really being that selected. i do think my book touches a bark -- upon the origins of the problems we have today, the toxic politics of america started in the late 1970's. one of the problems, very frankly, was the opposite -- was proposition 13 in 1978, the tax revolt that rolled in from california. i think the first basic no-tax pledge, the revolt of 1978, has been greatly responsible for california's
Nov 25, 2012 8:30am PST
asked evan duggan, one of lyndon johnson's young aides at the time, i asked him, "who did l.b.j. admire as a politician? is it and he surprised by everyone saying he thought the best politician he ever knew was dwight eisenhower. not just because of what he was able to do to get people together as supreme allied commander, but he said something and i saw it time and again in your book. he said eisenhower had a way of getting his way without you knowing that's what he wanted you to do. >> well, he'll had a great kind of confidence, the confidence to be humble. he was-- ike said it was a problem but in the end i knew i was in charge-- this was in world war ii. he had that kind of confidence. he didn't have to show anything. he knew at the end he would decide but he let peeled have their egoes, let them bounce off each other, and he was patient, a quality i wish i had more of. but-- well, i wish we all had more of. he was patient. he didn't decide until he absolutely had to. and he could tolerate enormous dissidence, and clashing egoes, knowing at the end of the day he was the one who woul
Nov 1, 2012 7:00pm EDT
. it received a memorable visit from lyndon johnson. during the 1960 presidential campaign lyndon johnson delivered to the south and he succeeded. the first stop on the whistle stop train tour of the south was culpeper, virginia. as the train was leaving johnson ran to the rear and shouted, "what did it nixon ever do for culpeper?" you can register for in person absentee balloting. it will vote for, because for them, this election is about hope and jobs. >> i am still blessed to have a job but there are millions who do not have jobs and they need jobs. >> nobody we talk to was willing to say for sure that their candidate would win. it is that close. because of hurricane sandy, some counties have extended voting hours through saturday. you'll have to check to see how late they will go. >> there is another battle going on and it has nothing to do with the presidential election. >> 77% of registered latino voters say they will go to the polls on tuesday. that could we had a good group of people. good group of employees out there. this was a booming place. and mitt romney and bain capital
Nov 4, 2012 11:30am PST
to visit. >> the kahala, every president since lyndon johnson has stopped by here, including barack obama in his 2008 presidential campaign. he had an event here. it's a peaceful hotel on 800-foot white sand beach. there are some fishing, snorkeling and scuba diving. that costs from $661 a night at the moment. >> wow. it's a gorgeous scene no matter what. no matter where you are in hawaii, who is going to complain? >> exactly. this is just ten minutes from waikiki, but it feels completely isolated. >> that's kate maxwell from jet setter. for more tips visit . >>> we'll bring president obama's speech to you live. imimagaginine e ifif y yod alalwawaysys s seeee l e [m[mususicic]] inin t thehe b besest t lil. eveverery y titimeme o of f. ououtdtdoooorsrs, , oro. trtranansisititiononss® ls auautotomamatiticacalllly y fift ththe e ririghght t amamouountn. soso y youou s seeee e eveg ththe e waway y itit is memeanant t toto b be e ses. mamaybybe e evevenen a lilittttlele b betette. exexpeperirienencece l lifife e, asask k fofor r trtrananss adadapaptitiveve l lene.
Nov 14, 2012 2:30pm PST
principles, the conservative movement has been pretty resilient. in 1964 after lyndon johnson beat barry goldwater, in an enormous landslide, far bigger than obama's victory this month, everyone announced the republican party was dead. the ideas of the great society and liberalism had one. years later, ronald reagan was elected governor of california. four years later, richard nixon was president. they have something the democrats did not have. they have a great post-boomer generation and trade when you think of them, -- a generation. when you think of them, that is a pretty good bench of energetic, slick, youngish politicians. when you are talking about the democratic party you are talking about joe biden and hillary clinton. we might prefer them to the republican contenders but that is a different generation. there is not this deep democratic bench. >> mr. obama has won a second term. what is your sense of the kind of legacy that he wants to leave in the second term. is he going to be more progressive. toss me about obama's future right quick. >> -- tell me about obama's feature right
Nov 8, 2012 2:30pm PST
someone is toast, in 1964, lyndon johnson annihilated barry goldwater. and the theme was the republican party is dead. they have gone too far right, they had four years later, richard nixon who had been defeated in the governorship of california two years prior. nothing is forever. ever say never. nothing is toast. anyone can come back. a guy could come by in a white horse and there could be a new candidate emerging. it is too soon to tell. i would not put them into toast. do they have to come -- they have to find someone. we are very people oriented, not party oriented. obama was like. one of these that helped obama is people like him. that is a lot going for you if you can be like. they did not know romney and i do not think romney ever sold himself well enough to make that leap. rubio may be a tremendous canada. if he has charisma and he can swing through primaries, anything can happen but i would never locked in something. by any means it is not toast. tavis: if i were pushing back on larry king and i would never do that to larry king. if i want to push back i would only say that wh
Nov 9, 2012 2:30pm PST
. activists pushed lyndon johnson to set apart of the sea -- to set a part of the spectrum aside in the commercial media that there was the educational television their ranges from big bird and educational programming from kids but too long form documentary's and talk shows like yours, where you are not just concerned about the sound bite, but the whole meal. people who are the heart of the story are not so practiced and being able to make the point in eight seconds. and it is a gift to be able to hear what people have to say and especially someone who is not just repeating the consensus in washington. they need more than eight seconds so anyone will know what they are talking about and explain what it is that they are seeing. we need to take on these critical issues. tavis: i want to turn back to the politics in washington. very quickly, how do you respond to the accusation level that you saw that we are advocacy journalists? i just got a letter from the interim managing editor @ "current magazine." it is the bible for public media. the editor sent me a letter recently asking me
Nov 10, 2012 8:00am EST
see 1-third of the nation -- go to linda munson. lyndon johnson was probably the most effective legislator ever to live in the white house. how did johnson do that? by manipulating people and twisting arms. how did lyndon johnson get civil-rights back in 54 past? he had scotch with every single night and they talked through it all and ended up, republicans voted for cloture. it happened. i don't think hillary clinton will drink scotch every night but she will try to work with people like lindsey graham. hand basically try to create these types of coalitions. i think obama fa he had that with john boehner and it blew up in his face. hillary would have handled that differently. >> several characters. susan mcdougal, james carville, what led to the suicide of vincent foster? >> how much time do we have? first of all jim mcdougal is a weird person. he has a lot of psychological abnormalities. he is very manipulative. when he proposed the whitewater deal, they were not interested at all but hillary thought was a great idea. basically her decision. jim mcdougal kind of sick. susan mcd
Nov 27, 2012 9:00am EST
and by choice, i still have a little texas heritage in me. and i love that carroll books on lyndon johnson to lyndon johnson was a larger-than-life character. is not going to go down in history, all the stories will not say was one of the great presidents of our time. but if you read the third volume of his book, which is an extraordinary example of leadership, and he posted today, it does give you hope that with proper admitted leadership, capitol in washington, we can begin to solve problems. caro tells us about how johnson was vice president of the most powerful guy in the world in washington, d.c., right where we are, when he was majority leader. the go two guy in washington. all things went through his office. he became vice president and help john f. kennedy become elected president, and then was relegated to nothing is in effect. he became almost invisible during the first three years of the kennedy administration. the book caro writes about how the kennedy team which came into washington with great hopes, called him corn poke. i love austin underwood to school up there in high scho
Nov 17, 2012 6:30pm EST
brought up lyndon johnson, ladybird johnson was given all sport of rigid all sorts of ready a stations. even as late as the 1990's, during the clinton administration, a special deal was given to the washington post to get much cheaper spectrum than other people. the government has always found it difficult to run this as a market. now you have all sorts of government agencies, government bodies that have huge debt problems. local governments are really having difficulty meeting their budgets. and they are sitting on the enormous amounts of specter. and if they switch from analog technology, the generation of old technology, to egypt -- to digital technology, they could share that with private users and everybody would be better off. that is what economists want to see. but as roger said, every time we get close, politics seems to enter the fray again. so i am hopeful, but certainly cannot guarantee the problem will be solved. >> i think we do have to be patient, though, because the remember the idea of the spectrum auction came around in the 1950's. it took us only 40 years to get ther
Nov 26, 2012 11:00pm EST
presidential vetoes, a supermajority-plus. lyndon johnson once said of the 67-vote threshold for changes to the rules that it -- quote -- "preserves indisputably the character of the senate as the one continuing body in our policy making process." end quote. and senator reid himself once described changing the senate procedure by majority fiat as -- quote -- "breaking the rules to change the rules." end quote. what's being proposed now would undermine the very purpose of the senate as the one place in our system where minority views and opinions have been respected and heard, and in most cases incorporated into law. until now you could say that protecting the rights after political minority have always been a defining characteristic of the senate. that's why members of both parties have always defended it, whether they were in the majority or the minority. because they knew the senate was the last legislative check against the kind of raw exercise of power majority parties have always been tempted to wield. the congressional record contains literally mountains of reverential statements
Nov 13, 2012 5:00pm EST
is not channeling lyndon johnson. he seems to be channeling teddy roosevelt. >> we are all defining ourselves a decade we were directly involved with. but he is going to have to get more involved in this business of legislating. clinton was directly involved with the balanced budgets and the surplus -- i remember getting calls from him late at night. i was wondering what he was doing up. [laughter] i guess i'm going to begin to act a little bit like a republican. first of all, while the democrats want him i would not call this mandate. it's a mandate, it is for the president and the congress to start working together. he doesn't talk to the members of congress. democrats will tell you that. he hasn't been engaged. the problem is not -- it is not enough revenue. it is too much spending. now, i sound like a republican. the solution is we will have to find some way to get more revenue and the way to do it that would still provide growth in the economy -- we will have to get entitlement reform and control spending. and if we don't, it will continue to just explode. because of medicare, medicaid,
Nov 24, 2012 6:00pm EST
cordial, warm relationship. c-span: you also have an excerpt where he tells you about lyndon johnson showing him the taping facility in the white house. >> guest: oh, that was a great... c-span: when did this happen? >> guest: ...a great scene. i'm not sure. i can't remember off the top of my head. you mean when nixon said it to me or when... c-span: no, when... >> guest: when it happened? c-span: when it happened. >> guest: oh, it was shortly after nixon was elected president. and usually, the outgoing and the incoming president meet, and they talk once about whatever issues are on the table. but for nixon, he and lyndon johnson met several times. and he said, "we had so much to talk about. we had the war in vietnam, we had the russians and nuclear disarmament, all of these great issues to talk about." and he said, "but the first time i got to the white house, one of the first things lyndon johnson did was take me up to the family residence. and he took me into the president's bedroom, and he got down on all fours. he was on his hands and knees." this was the outgoing president of t
Nov 4, 2012 7:00pm PST
political talent, and people like lyndon johnson, ted kennedy, and howard baker forged alliances with political opponents to pass landmark legislation. >> we've come together in support of a bipartisan budget agreement. >> kroft: the partisan battles were always resolved behind closed doors. olympia snowe remembers how bob dole used to do it when he was majority leader. >> snowe: he would say, "go to my office at 8:30 in the morning and work it out." he was so intent on making sure that we came up with a solution to the issue that was before the senate. we don't know any longer how to work out differences in the united states senate. we can't get past our differences. >> this is not bipartisanship. >> we've seen roadblock after roadblock. >> because you can do that, that's theatrics. >> let me go on and ask you another question. >> no, it's my turn. >> evan bayh: eventually, someone has to say, "enough already. stop. we're going to try and do better than this." >> kroft: former indiana senator evan bayh, another moderate, gave up his safe democratic seat and a promising senate ca
Nov 24, 2012 7:00pm EST
problem. he was obsessed. humiliated by castro at the bay of of pigs. was lyndon johnson came after kennedy, and his obsession was vietnam.pitously cuba. declined.r, subsequent presidents such as gerald ford, jimmy carter made serious efforts to acheech a, response with castro. quite the opposite what kennedy was doing.y comby has waxed and waned. it's been a different kind of priority over the fifty years e for ten or eleven american g presidents. >> onet theerer reverse side. it did they have good assets in the u.s.? has the castro regime tried to assassinate a u.s. president. >> i continue think that -- don't think that castro had a ai directns demand the assassinatin de plotri against the american t president. mo but i do describe in the book -- some of the most startling information i aimierd one of them particular a detector whofe was the highest level most knowledgeable cuban intelligence officer to defect to the united states. he and told me that he was conve that castro knew and cuban intelligence knew in advance that lee harvey os ward was going to b shoot at jack kennedy
Nov 21, 2012 7:00am EST
to worry about an energy crisis -- lyndon johnson, before richard nixon. in 1955 he said we had two critical infrastructure pieces. one, makes a the natural gas supply chain, the other is the electricity grid. we have not invested enough capital into those infrastructure areas. host: fred, denver, colorado. your on with jeffrey leonard. caller code does the improved technology -- caller: does the improved technology of shale extraction make to the keystone pipeline obsolete? -- make the keystone pipeline obsolete? guest: i am not an expert in that area. i wish i was. we will be conducting natural gas movements in this country, moving into new england. where we have depended on fossil fuels for energy supply. i do not know the answer on that. i think that there is a lot of energy around this continent, like canada and the united states. i would have to study that more to give a real answer. host: twitter, comparing natural gas to others out there -- host: also, karl writes in on twitter -- guest: let me start with the renewable question. we should not be setting of renewable and natu
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